‘Top Line’ at the Movies: Alexandra Pelosi and ‘Citizen USA’

Jun 16, 2011 2:48pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports: Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi visited all 50 states for her new documentary, putting together a portrait of immigrants in America that stands in contrast to popular conceptions.

On ABC’s “Top Line” today, Pelosi, the daughter of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, talked about her film, “Citizen USA,” and told us that the reality of immigration is far from the stereotypes people have in their minds. 

“When people talk about immigrants or immigration, they automatically assume that you’re talking about the Mexican who swam the Rio Grande,” Pelosi told us. “We think of immigrants — either the ones that swim the border, or the ones that are the refugees from Iraq or the war-torn countries where we’ve taken a lot of refugees — because we’re good at that.”

“But there are a lot of other people with PhDs and bring a lot of value to this country that get lumped in in the immigration debate,” she continued. “I talked to whole different kinds of immigrants — rich, poor, really successful, not so [much] — you know, the stereotype — I did them all. … It was surprising because you could go to, you know, Mississippi and find a huge ceremony filled with people from all these different countries, and I didn’t expect to find all these immigrants in Mississippi or in Butte, Mont.”

Pelosi told us that she won’t turn her camera on the scandal of the day:

“I can’t do a Weiner documentary because there’s nothing left,” she said. “All the good puns have been taken — all the good punch lines have been done, there’s nothing left. And he’s not my congressman anyways, so not my bag, baby.”

And Pelosi told us that her mother has adjusted well to her role as House minority leader, as opposed to speaker of the House.

“She’s Democratic leader, you know, who am I? I’m nobody! I sit home on the couch in my underwear watching ABC — I’m nobody. She’s somebody,” the younger Pelosi told us. “So people say, ‘is she adjusting?’ Of course she’s adjusting. … She’s really busy. People still love her all across the country — she travels the country, she has a big party for Democrats there are  lot of people in America that actually love Nancy Pelosi.”

“I don’t know if you see that in the media because of the caricature. And I get it, I totally get it, but I tell you, as someone who totally goes around the country with her, she has a really good following of people who actually like her,” Pelosi said. “The media caricatures people, and then you think they’re going to be the devil, and then you have a conversation with them and then you’re like, ‘It wasn’t so bad.’ ”

Pelosi added: “She’s not that bad — she’s not as bad as you make her out to be.”

Watch our interview with Alexandra Pelosi HERE.

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